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Fishing community celebrates
  |  First Published: August 2013



The Fraser Coast boasts many knowledgeable and talented anglers along with 4 iconic fishing tournaments. I am more than privileged to live in a lively community that has one of the great balanced lifestyles affording the opportunity to fish across one of the most diverse fishing grounds in Queensland.

As a passionate angler, I am privileged to promote the local achievements of our very knowledgeable and top anglers from our region. Over the last month we have had the opportunity to celebrate the annual Fraser Coast Inter-club Fishing Tournament, where we saw the powerhouse River Heads Fishing Club get knocked off by the impressive Hervey Bay Amateur Fishing Club.

Over a few coldies and a top BBQ, we swapped stories and enjoyed the social atmosphere of the Fraser Coast Inter-club Fishing Tournament and the day’s activities; the weekend of fishing turned out very impressive too. The Fraser Coast bay waters and river systems really produced at the weigh-in with grunter, snapper to 75cm and bigger, 40cm+ bream, big legal flathead in the 70cm range, cod, whiting in the 40cm range, golden trevally, mackerel, sweetlip, parrot, blackall and tailor among the diverse mixed bag weighed in.

Good mate and top angler Luke Nolan took the top individual senior prize with Jessie taking out the junior top prize and Barb leading the lady’s champion for the best mixed bags and weight. Well done to all!

Also this month, we saw local Ron Henderson taking back-to-back men’s champion and the overall club champion by only a few grams from veteran Graham Stretton with Shirley Shorten taking the lady’s champion top prize at the Burrum Heads Amateur Fishing Club end of season championship awards night.

Some of the top awards went to Eric Davey for heaviest bream at just under the kilo, Bjarne Jorgenson took gong for golden trevally, Ron Henderson for snapper, Peter Akers for mackerel, and yours truly as the flathead king.

River Action

We have continued to experience very good quality live bait such as herring, pike and yabbies. The Burrum River has seen bream in the 40cm+ range and has been very productive on big flathead with over 75cm fish being caught and released.

80cm+ mulloway and queenfish have been caught on live pike in front of the local caravan park through the deep water channel.

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Bait jigs have continued to be productive near the local boat ramps for herring and pike, which are in good size and make a good source of bait.

Litigious Question

The question of interpretation on the rules governing cast and/or bait nets has been answered by our good mate Tony from D.A.F.F. “There is no restriction on the fish that may be taken with a cast or bait net; the intention is to catch bait, but any species taken legally (in terms of in possession and size limits) are allowed to be kept. The restrictions on the size of the nets and the mesh size are the limiting factors for the apparatus”.

Offshore

Snapper season has been keeping us focussed on our offshore adventures. Live baits have been popular along with the trusty mullet and bonito fillets.

This season we haven’t had to go too far offshore to find good quality snapper with the 8 and 12 Mile reefs located 10-20mins out from the Burrum River being good fishing grounds.

Snapper may well be the target species but the bycatch of grunter just before the rising sun are top quality and in good numbers along with grassy sweetlip, golden and tea leaf trevally, trigger fish and coral trout.

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Jig live bait when off shore. Use live or as fillets.

The Fishing Ahead

The cooler months are here and they will continue to produce great offshore and river action with local traders being well supplied with bait, tackle and all the fishing essentials to help all members of the family to have a great time.

With some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast right here at Burrum Heads, we are certain it will provide you with some great fishing tales while you catch up on some well earned R&R and with winter here, watch the winter whiting, they will certainly entertain.

TIP

Locals love a chat, so ask for some local knowledge and remember the ladies are good for some hints.

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